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INTRODUCTION:
The American Venus is a beauty-pageant comedy set at the 1925 Miss America contest in Atlantic City. The film proved popular upon release, and continued to show around the United States for nearly two years. Though she only had a small role, Louise Brooks' performance was singled out by a number of newspaper and magazine critics.

The film is lost, though a trailer for the film was found in Australia in the late 1990's. At least two, and possibly three, different trailers for the film still exist. Two trailers for The American Venus were screened at the 2002 San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

CAST:
Esther Ralston .... Mary Gray (imdb)
Lawrence Gray .... Chip Armstrong (imdb)
Ford Sterling .... Hugo Niles (imdb)
Fay Lanphier .... Miss Alabama
Louise Brooks .... Miss Bayport
Edna May Oliver .... Mrs. Niles
Kenneth MacKenna .... Horace Niles
William B. Mack .... John Gray
George DeCarlton .... Sam Lorber
W.T. Benda .... Artist
Ernest Torrence .... King Neptune
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. .... Triton

CREDITS:
Studio: Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Director: Frank Tuttle (imdb)
Producers: Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky
Writing Credits: Townsend Martin (story), Frederick Stowers (screenplay)
Format: Silent - black & white with color sequences (Technicolor)
Cinematography: J. Roy Hunt
Art Direction: Frederick A. Foord
Running Time: 8 reels (7,931 feet)
Release Date: January 31, 1926
Country of Origin: United States

Alternate Titles:   Venus Americana (Brazil); La Venus Americana (Chile); Venuše Americana (Czechoslovakia); Den amerikanske venus (Denmark); The Modern Venus (England); Vénus moderne (France); Vénus américaine (France); Die Schönste Frau der Staaten (Germany); Il trionfo di Venere (Italy); Trionfo di Venere (Italy); La Venus americana (Mexico); Amerykan'ska Wenus (Poland); La Venus americana (Spain); Venus på amerikanska (Sweden)

STORY SYNOPSIS:
Mary Gray, whose father manufactures cold cream, is engaged to sappy Horace Niles, the son of Hugo Niles, the elder Gray's most competitive rival in the cosmetics business. Chip Armstrong, a hot-shot public relations man, quits the employ of Hugo Niles and goes to work for Gray, persuading Mary to enter the Miss America contest at Atlantic City, with the intention of using her to endorse her father's cold cream should she win. Mary breaks her engagement with Horace. When it appears that she will win the contest, Hugo lures her home on the pretext that her father is ill, and she misses tile contest. Chip and Mary return to Atlantic City, discovering that the new Miss America has told the world that she owes all her success to Gray's cold cream. On this note, Chip and Mary decide to get married.

 

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